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Dan Auerbach before Black Keys: The Barnburners

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Dan Auerbach before Black Keys: The Barnburners


Before Dan Auerbach made fame with the Black Keys, you could see him in the Northside, a now defunct bar in Akron, Ohio. The Barnburners recorded some fine blues and boogie songs including the Junior Kimborough coverMeet Me In The City“. They had a regular gig and eventually released a six track EP called ‘Raw Boogie’.

The Barnburners were Dan Auerbach guitar, Kip Amore a.k.a. Johnny Belvedere (of the Plymouth Belvederes!) on bass, and Jason “Del Fuego” Edwards on drums. On Rawboogie you hear some very nice blues songs that remind you of R.L Burnside, Junior  Kimborough and some of the traditional Chicago Bluesmen.

Electric Drippin’ Blues Songs

The fast and electric drippin’ blues  songs on Rawboogie played on the slide guitar remind you of Hound Dog Taylor and the houserockers. Get a feelin’ of it when you listen to “Back to Georgia”, which in some way reminds me of “Let’s get Funky” from Hound Dog Taylor. “Take Five” the fourth song of the EP, has that same kind of drippin’ boogie.

The Barnburners – The Rawboogie

Rawboogie EP a tribute to the Blues

I’ve been listening to this album the last few days. The Barnburners mix fast boogie with slow delta blues sounds. It keeps you moving. I was on the road for a couple of days, and all I could think was that for an album that is only a half hour of music, it is a great six-song-experience. Actually more than that. Rawboogie is a tribute to all blues.

I’m a big fan of the Black Keys but man, I’m happy that the Barnburners were first. Hopefully we will see these guys on stage again. For good old times!

Photo Credit: Dan Auerbach via photopin (license)

The Barnburners – “Meet Me in the City”

The Barnburners 2002 – Baby Please Don’t Go

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John The Conqueror a Mixture of modern Blues

John The Conqueror a Mixture of modern Blues

Not only the name of three piece band John The Conqueror refers to the roots of blues, also the groove and songs of this Philadelphia based band will remind you of the likes of Otis Reading and Muddy Waters. It is the John The Conqueror Bourbon-mix of roots music from Soul to Rock ‘n Roll, Punk to Blues that makes you willing to listen to this band all evening.

John The Conqueror is playing the Blues

Growin’ up in Jackson Mississippi founders Mike and Pierre grew up with the Blues. So when Mike bought a drum kit and Pierre a cheap microphone and plugged it into a practice amp in December 2010 it was like their good ol’ days growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, they were playing the blues!


Three months after meeting, they chose the name of the folkloric slave hero, John the Conqueror, and took to the stage playing their own blend of the southern rock from their childhoods, the punk of their adolescence and the blues and soul they had always held closely.

Born in Mississipi, rocking in Philadeplhia

Michael Gardner (drums) and Pierre Moore (guitar) grew up in Mississippi. Throughout their youth they played together in several bands which led them Philadelphia in 2011. In Philly they met Bassist Ryan Lynn, and with Lynn as a bass player John The Conqueror was ready to perform around the East coast of the US in the spring of 2011. They released their first album “John The Conqueror” in 2012, and in 2014 they returned to Retrocity Studios to record their second album “The Good Life” for Alive Naturalsound Records.

Influences of Blues, Rock, Punk and Rock ‘n Roll

It may be clear that John The Conqueror is an engine that drives on a fuel mixture of influences like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Keys and Leadbelly. Some songs start with a true blues riffs and slowly you will notices the influence of other genres like punk through a guitar riff, or soul through the vocals. This all makes the music of John The Conqueror very  grooving and interesting to listen to. And one thing is sure; it never gets boring.

Find out more about John The Conqueror on their Facebook and Website!

Credit Feature photo: Original album cover of the John the Conqueror album The Good Life. Credits to Alive Naturalsound Records, John The Conqueror and phothographer of the picture.

John the Conqueror – ‘Got My Mojo Working’

John The Conqueror Spotify

John The Conqueror – Lucille

John the Conqueror – You Don’t Know

John The Conqueror – Mississippi Drinkin’

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